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Moving house can be at once the most exciting and most stressful undertaking you can commit to. Uprooting your whole life and transporting it across the country or across the city is hard enough: it doesn’t need to be expensive on top of that. There are plenty of ways you can save money when moving, and today we’re going to take you through the most essential ways to save money on your move.

Stay organized

The most important thing to do when moving to help save money is to make sure you have a plan. Create a detailed checklist of everything that needs to get done. Spend a couple of weeks leading up to the move creating the checklist so you have time and don’t miss anything.

One of the biggest expenses you’ll incur when moving home is premium prices for getting things sorted out at the last minute. Any delays are likely to cost you money as well. On the run-up to moving day, make sure everything is packed and ready to go, and you aren’t leaving any surprises for yourself. Save yourself the drama.

Packing

Another way that being organized helps you save money is that it gives you plenty of time to source free packing and storage. Buying moving boxes is an unnecessary expense; we live in a world of cardboard boxes, and there’s always plenty available to find for free. Look to local supermarkets or any kind of large store; they’re likely to have lots of free cardboard boxes that they would otherwise just throw away.

Equally, if you have any friends or family who’ve recently moved, they might be able to help you out with the boxes they don’t need. Don’t forget about that freely available packing material, either: newspaper. Bubble wrap is expensive as well!

Even without enough boxes, be creative; think about your laundry baskets, trash cans, and even suitcases and bags all make great extra storage for your things.

Have a yard sale

Leaving your old house can be stressful, and even sad, but one thing it certainly helps you do is to declutter. In the weeks leading up to your move, plan to have a yard sale, or even just start trying to sell some of your old stuff online. You’ll come to realize as you’re packing up that you’ve accumulated a lot of stuff that you no longer need, and moving it with you just makes the job harder.

This is a great way to save money on your move, as anything you make on the sale you can offset against your total moving costs and you’ll have less stuff to take with you.

Get help

We don’t always like to ask, but the fact is that getting help from friends and family to move house is one of the best ways to save money on your move. Whether they have a van they can help you move with, a basement you can store some stuff in, or just a strong pair of arms to carry stuff out of the house, asking for help is always one of the best ways to save money. Buy them a pizza when the job’s done!

Use up food

One of the things that can accumulate most over years in the house is food. Non-perishables, canned food, dried food, that kilo of quinoa you bought two years ago because you were going to start a superfood diet—all of these items can be very heavy, and will add to your moving costs.

In the weeks leading up to the move, try and get through as much of this as you can, or simply donate it. Of course, using it up would save you more money than having to buy other foods.

Furthermore, when the moving date is getting closer, try and empty your fridge and freezer too, and don’t stock up on those items anymore. Moving large amounts of food can add to your costs very quickly.

Insurance

You need to know you’re covered against any major mishaps when moving—insurance isn’t a cost you should skimp on. That said, don’t rush to fork out money for expensive moving insurance when you may already be covered. Yo

In many cases, your current home insurance will already cover you for the duration of the move. You’ll most likely have to make your insurers aware of the move, but this is a good way to find out if you’re covered, too.

You can also check the insurance that the movers have—if you’re using professional movers, most of the time they will be covered against any mishaps.

Bottom line—check if you’re already covered before spending more!

Book an off-peak moving day

Moving companies will set prices based on demand for slots on a particular day. Unsurprisingly, the most popular times to move are typically at the weekend. If possible, try and arrange a slot sometime in the week. This will save you a lot of money on your move, and you’ll also most likely have more choices of time slots. Moving at the weekend is going to be more expensive.

DIY removal

When moving, you should always try to do as much as you can yourself. Taking your furniture and belongings from A to B is one part of a much longer process. If you can make the time, you can save money on your move by completing as many steps as possible yourself.

Disassemble your furniture, do all your own packing, and you can even load the items onto the moving truck yourself. All of this will save money on your move by reducing the cost of the removals.

Storage

If you’re not able to move straight into your new home, you may need to store some stuff for a while, and this can become a big expense. Be sure to shop around and compare offers, or as I said earlier, see if a friend has a basement you can use for a while. Decluttering will again help you save money here since you’ll have less stuff to store.

Cleaning

Finally, one of the biggest expenses with moving can often not even go to the moving job at all: just to cleaning your old house. If you can make the time in the weeks leading up to your move, clean the whole place yourself. Don’t hire a cleaning company to do it, or if you simply don’t have time, again be sure to shop around for the best deal.


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It’s time to move. It’s always something difficult, from packing and relocating to saying goodbye to the neighborhood you’ve gotten used to for so long. What makes it harder is realizing just how much stuff you’ve got, and how much of it you really don’t need – but it’s not junk! So you should take it with you, right? But you already know there’s nowhere to put it in the new place….

These thoughts can rattle around in your head like a box of silverware that hasn’t been properly packed together. Instead of fretting about it, you can hold a Moving Sale to get rid of some of your unwanted, unneeded, or unmoveable items so you can start in a new place with a more manageable inventory of items. It can even help pay back some costs of hiring professional movers to help you get your new home ready. Here’s a quick walkthrough of what goes into a successful moving sale.

1.   Plan Your Inventory

For the next few days of your moving/yard/garage sale, you’ll become the manager of a very low-end store on your own property. So first, you need to figure out what you’ll be selling. Decide, once and for all, what you want to take with you and keep it inside. Everything else should be ready for sale. If it needs to be packed up, hung up, or just dragged out, get it ready.

2.   Plan To Work

If you’ve ever seen a yard sale you must think it’s pretty easy. You just sit in the shade and wait for people to roll by to inspect your goods. It’s not that simple. You’ll need to put prices on everything, every single item, and be willing to negotiate with keen buyers who are looking to get a deal for themselves first and foremost. You’ll be out there all day, for multiple days, just to watch over everything so it doesn’t suddenly turn into a moving-out donation drive instead.

3.   Plan For Weather

Look ahead to see what the weather is going to be like. If you’re lucky, it’ll be sunny and mild so people will be outdoors, walking around as normal who might just happen to cross your street and see what’s going on. You don’t want to have clothes hanging or boxes out in the rain, or in a dangerous heat wave. If you have a garage, you can keep everything in there and let the more weather-durable goods rest outside during the day.

4.   Plan Your Advertisements

A business can’t do business without letting people know that it’s in business. And what you’re running, however temporarily, is a very small business. Send out messages, get friends involved, even make flyers to post in approved public areas if you can. That’ll help get rid of all the extra printer paper you weren’t planning on packing anyway. Just posting a sign in your yard isn’t enough. You want people informed of what you’re doing from one end of your town to the other for maximum potential traffic.

5.   Plan Your Prices

You might be tempted to get a full refund for all the things you bought and never used or forgot about, but that’s just not realistic. Even if you only used that massage gun or blender once, people will assume that it’s as second-hand as anything on eBay is. So you may as well check what people are doing on eBay. Price your goods according to second-hand online stores like eBay. If anyone is curious about how much they should pay, that’s likely what they’ll check before haggling.

6.   Sell Online, Too

There’s no reason not to sell online. In fact, for specialty goods, it’s probably a better idea. Appliances and electronics have a huge market online. Consider the state of your neighborhood. Will the old man down the street really be interested in a slightly refurbished Xbox? The only issue with selling online is time. An item could stay listed for weeks, and by then you will have already moved, so put them up at the moving sale too for a lower price. If it sells, it sells, and you can always deactivate the listing early.

7.   Get Some Help

Moving is already a lot of work, and doing a moving sale is like moving without actually leaving your house. You’ll be arranging and placing all your old items in a new place – the yard, and that takes work. Maybe too much for one or two people to handle. Get the family involved. And your friends. Offer them whatever you can for help, a warm meal, or first pick of the merchandise.

8.   Get Ready Early

You might think that outdoor, home-based moving sales are things of the past, but if you’ve seen one recently then you will figure out why that’s not true. If you advertise properly, people will come. Some make a dedicated effort to go to as many yard sales as they can to hunt for bargains on things. They know you aren’t just pushing your junk out the door for them to collect. The things you sell had value to you once, so they must still have some kind of value to them. Expect some early shoppers to show up as soon as your first day.

9.   Plan For Money

How are people going to be paying for everything? You’re not a real store, you don’t have a credit-card swiper…..But you could. Personal card swipers that integrate with apps on your phone are common place nowadays. They link right up to online payment processors like PayPal, too. They’re great for small businesses, and even though yours is the smallest a business can be, it doesn’t hurt to go digital with money. Not everyone will carry cash, and do you have enough change for everything you listed? Who knows. Maybe someday you’ll need that swiper again. Or, in your next moving sale, you can get a decent price for it.

10.   Everything Must Go

The goal here is to leave nothing behind, not even regrets. At the end of the sale, you might still have stuff left, probably more than you want, but you’ll have made something out of it. As for the rest? If you can’t sell it, and it’s not trash, donate it to a local charity so it can go to people who need it but can’t afford it. You can move out knowing you made your neighborhood a little better than when you left.

 


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Thinking About Moving to Tennessee, Here’s What You Need to Know

Tennessee is a beautiful South-eastern state and is sometimes referred to as the heart of the South. Tennessee is the 16th most populous state in the United States. There are a lot of great cities in the state, and this provides great options for people planning to move there. Tennessee is a great state. It is one state that is suitable for almost anybody. You can raise a family, it is a good state for professionals, it is good for students, and even for senior citizens.

However, this state might not be for everyone. Moving to another state is a big decision and a lot of thoughts must go into the decision of moving. We have put together a list of things you need to know and consider if you are thinking about moving to Tennessee. This list should guide your decision.

  1. Cost of Living

The cost of living in Tennessee is slightly above the national average in the United States. Some cities in the states are more expensive than others. However, these expensive cities have a lot to offer. These cities have things like nicer neighborhoods, recreational amenities, and entertainment. Availability of all these things tends to increase the cost of living. If you are looking to move to a city with a low cost of living, then Tennessee is not your state.

  1. Economy 

You must consider the economy of a state before relocating to that state. Tennessee’s Economy is a strong one. Even during the Corona Virus pandemic, the economy of Tennessee still had a strong outlook. Tennessee is said to be a corporate haven. A lot of companies have offices and factories in Tennessee. Tennessee also has a lot of tourists sites that attract a lot of tourists to the state regularly. All these things help to boost the economy of the state.

  1. Employment Opportunities 

Tennessee has a thriving economy; this allows for a lot of employment opportunities. There are a lot of businesses and companies in Tennessee consequently, a lot of job opportunities. For job seekers, especially young people, Tennessee is a good place to find a job.

  1. Cost of Housing  

The cost of housing in Tennessee will depend on the city you decide to move to. There are cities where the cost of housing is relatively affordable. However, for the big cities, housing cost is relatively high. This is relatively high because the demand for housing in the state is high. This then drives the price of the houses in the state.

  1. Tax 

Income tax is not levied on income in Tennessee. What this means is that your salary income will not be taxed. However, income from investments (dividends) will be taxed. The current tax rate on dividends in the state is 6%.

In addition to having no income tax, the rate of property tax in Tennessee is relatively low. Although the rate will depend on the city, it is generally about 0.5% which is low. Tennessee also has a tax-friendly environment for companies. Thus, attracting companies to the state.

Generally, the state has a favorable tax structure. The sales tax in Tennessee however is higher than the national average. The sales tax rate is 7%.

  1. Good Quality Healthcare 

When deciding where to move to, irrespective of your age or health condition, the availability of good health care should be one of the things you look out for in a place. Tennessee has a lot of excellent hospitals and health care facilities all over the state. With the quality of hospitals in Tennessee, you can be assured that your health is secured. This makes it a good place to consider moving too.

  1. Good Quality Education 

If you are moving with your children, then you need to ensure that the place you are moving to has good schools for them. Tennessee has a lot of good schools in the state. There are top universities and colleges in the state. There are also good public and private schools for school children. This is one good reason to help you make your decision to move to Tennessee.

  1. Weather 

Although the weather will depend on which part of the state you live in, Tennessee generally has wonderful weather. All four seasons are enjoyable in Tennessee. The weather is generally not extreme for any season. Thus, allowing you to enjoy the weather for most of the year.

  1. Outdoor Activities

If you love outdoor activities, then you will love moving to Tennessee. There are beautiful mountains for you to climb, hiking trails, camping sites, and waterfalls. You will have a handful of recreational activities for you to explore when you move to Tennessee.

  1. Traffic

If you do not like to spend time stuck in traffic, then you should consider the traffic situation in a place before moving there. Tennessee is a very populated state. Especially the big cities in the state. This makes Tennessee vulnerable to traffic issues. If you do mind traffic, then you can move to Tennessee considering all the other good things the state has to offer. If you are interested in moving to Tennessee and the traffic is the only thing deterring you from moving there, then you can move to the smaller cities. The population density in smaller cities should be less than that of the bigger cities.

  1. Crime Rate

When planning to move, you must consider the crime rate of the place you plan to move to. This is important especially if you are planning to move with your family. For Tennessee, the crime rate is high. The crime rate in this state is higher than the national average. The report shows that Tennessee has the highest violent crime rate in the South-Central Region and the second-highest property crime rate in the region.

  1. Culture 

The people of Tennessee are generally very friendly, and it will be easy for you to settle in and make friends in the state. However, the people are not open to change and are not very flexible.

 


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Buying a new home far away from your current one is an important decision in your life because it involves investing a huge amount of money. It is also an exciting and adventurous experience to have a new home where you can make new friends and have a fresh start. However, buying a new home far away from your current location could be a very stressful thing to achieve. It goes with a lot of mental and emotional stress. From considering the right location to move into, to getting the right realtor, purchasing according to your budget, and finally organizing your moving.

Here are a few tips below to make your house hunting easier.

Out of State Move House Hunting Tips

  1. Determine your budget.

When buying a new home, you must know how much you have saved for buying and moving into the new home. You must be able to determine the true cost of the house and the expenses you will incur. You can begin by finding out how much it will cost to purchase a new home, get a real estate agent, get a relocation expert to assist you in moving out, homeowner’s insurance, property taxes and utilities, house maintenance, transportation, food, and other expenses.

You may also need to consider a mortgage loan if necessary, from the bank or any mortgage institution that will be willing to lend you the money needed to purchase the home. However, it is advisable to work within your budget to avoid incurring debts that may in the long run make you lose your home. You may also consider paying by installment if you do not have the money at once. Having a budget should be the first step in purchasing a new home.

  1. Get the right realtor

Finding a good and credible realtor when relocating and buying a new home is one of the most important things to do. You should be able to choose a realtor that you can work with. Get a realtor with enough experience. Someone that understands the housing market and the location you are moving into. The realtor should be someone you can easily have access to and meet at any given time.

When picking a realtor, always seek referrals from other homeowners. A referral is important because it gives assurance on who you are working with. If you do not know anybody in the new area that can refer a realtor, you can find an online community of that area and reach out to people on the platform. You can also find out if the realtor is reputable and credible by researching about the realtor online or through a real estate company.

  1. Have a virtual home tour.

Recently, because of the pandemic, buyers now go online to search for a new home of their choice. They can easily go to a real estate website that has a virtual house search and find an up-to-date listing of houses that they fancy, in the location they want. They can also conduct a virtual tour of the home they desire. This will be helpful as you do not need to travel to check out the home. If you are someone with a busy schedule virtual tour can also help you.

  1. Visit the house for inspection.

Before buying a house, you need to visit the house to take a proper look at the asset you are buying. Even with the help of a good realtor and a virtual tour, there is a need to visit the house and carry out an inspection. It usually a good idea to get a proper feeling of what your life will feel like when you move to your new home. You should also get a professional inspector to inspect the house. A good inspector will inspect everything in the house and give you a piece of professional advice on whether to take the house or not. This will prevent you from making the wrong choice and having to regret buying the wrong house as your dream home.

  1. Learn about your proposed new location.

Knowing the new city or location you are moving into will go a long way in helping you make the right choice when moving to your new home. Make sure to pay a visit to the new city and know the neighborhood. It is important to move to a safe neighborhood. Discover if the neighborhood is well known for criminal activities or any other unacceptable activities. Also, find out if you will be comfortable in your neighborhood. It is best to consider how people interact with one another in the new location. Some cities are known for being people-friendly, relaxed, hostile, etc. you must know the atmosphere that suits your lifestyle. You should also get to know about the transportation options available in the new city, to plan your budget when moving in. Consider other activities like restaurants, grocery shops, galleries, etc.

  1. Consider your family and job.

Your new home should be able to accommodate your family members. However, do not forget to always work according to your budget. If you are single, you can decide to get a one-bedroom apartment. If you are newly married, you can get a two-bedroom apartment. Also, if you are a couple and do not wish to have kids you can get an apartment that will accommodate both you and your guests. You should also consider a pet house if you have a pet, the school your kids will attend, accessibility features for an aged person if you have one living with you and other family members. For your job, consider proximity from your home to your place of work if you are not working remotely. Even if you are working remotely, you also need to have a home that can be both office and home-friendly.

  1. Be open-minded.

Finally, keep an open mind on your move. Flexibility is important. While you may originally have an idea of the kind of home and neighborhood you want to live in, you can also discover that there are other options as well.

Are you thinking of moving out of New Jersey to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, or some other state across the country?  Hercules Movers, Inc can help get you and your belongings there safely.  Call us if you are looking for a free no-obligation quote for your long-distance move at 732-324-2500 today to schedules an appointment for us to come to you.


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People move for different reasons. Family reasons such as divorce, changing marital status, financial or economic reasons such as getting a more affordable house, and other reasons such as getting a new job in another city or another part of town. People are always moving not just because they want to, but sometimes, because they have to move. However, the rate at which people move is not as high as one would expect.

In 2019, just before the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world, fewer people in America changed homes. Statistics show that there was a migration decline in the months preceding the coronavirus pandemic. Even in the preceding decade, there was a continuing decline in the migration rate. Between March 2019 and March 2020, before the pandemic, the rate of people who changed residence was at an all-time low since World War II. Even before the coronavirus pandemic.

For 2020, it appears that there is a mix in the migration pattern both across different parts of the country and internationally. This mixed pattern is evidenced by real estate, moving, and survey patterns date. All these data show a selective migration based on different reasons.

The Pre-Coronavirus Pandemic Decline in Moving Migration Rate

Migration trends confirm a relatively consistent decline in migration movements. There has been a gradual but consistent reduction in migration. This reduction is due to a number of factors such as demographic factors, economic forces, age of the population, and labor factors. Migration plunged even more after the great recession in 2008. No doubt, the great recession affected the housing and labor markets generally consequently, affecting the rate at which people migrated.

Both local and international migration have been on a decline. From 2007 (the beginning of the great recession), internal migration reduced from 4% to about 3.5% to 3.7%. Survey shows that even the people who moved gave housing-related reasons. Many moved to find more affordable housing.

Factors that Affected the 2020 Moving Migration Pattern

Different factors such as safety and finances have contributed to the migration pattern of 2020. However, the major factor that affected moving migration pattern in 2020 was the coronavirus pandemic.

There is data to show that some moves were induced by the coronavirus pandemic. For example, some people moved from crowded cities to smaller cities to reduce their chances of coming in contact with people and getting the virus. Some young people had to move back home with their parents or other family members for health and safety reasons.

Effects of the Pandemic on Migration in 2020

2020 was the year of the pandemic. Countries were forced to go on lockdowns and people had to stay home and work from home. The Coronavirus pandemic affected a lot of activities and migration was not left out. Still, some reports show that despite the coronavirus pandemic, people kept moving. Moving data from 2019 was analyzed with that of 2020. Even though there are no definite answers, there is data that shows people’s response to the pandemic. Some data suggests that people moved more than usual while others suggest that people moved less.

Some Examples of How People Moved and Why are Highlighted Below.

  • Many countries closed their borders. The coronavirus pandemic forced many countries to close their borders. This was done in a bid to contain the virus in the country as well as prevent more from coming into the country. This made migration a whole lot more difficult than it already is. Border closures slowed down the rate at which people could migrate to other countries. Thus, border closures and travel restrictions affected international migration and not local migration.
  • Economic downturn was one effect of the coronavirus pandemic that led to a reduction in the rate of migration. Migration can be very expensive, and the coronavirus pandemic reduced the amount of money in circulation. Companies are letting go of workers and cutting salaries and there are no jobs because every other company is trying to remain stable through the pandemic. the direct effect of the economic downturn.
    There is however data to show that some people moved because of the economic downturn. The coronavirus pandemic caused a lot of income loss and this income loss led some people to move as they could no longer afford their current housing. Some moved to places with cheaper housing while others moved back in with family. The bulk of this category of people are millennials who found it hard to survive with the effect of the pandemic on finances and jobs. A lot of them had to move back in with families.
  • For internal migrations, some data suggests that people moved less than usual in a bid to stay healthy. However, people also moved to stay safe. For example, a lot of people moved from urban areas to communities with fewer people. For long-distance moving, reports show that there were fewer long-distance moves in the year 2020 and the obvious cause of this was the pandemic.
  • A lot of companies and organizations have adapted to the pandemic and now, many workers work from home. This work from home arrangement has affected migration patterns. Statistics show that a good number of people move to enable proximity to work. Now, they no longer have to go to work every day thus, dispelling the need for proximity. This development has caused some people to move away from big cities and also, prevented some from moving to big cities as they can work from towns close to the cities.

Conclusion

The bulk of the 2020 migration patterns were pandemic-related migration patterns. It is uncertain how lasting the coronavirus pandemic-related migration will be. It is however anticipated that when the vaccine becomes more widespread, the migration rate will go back to its stable downward shift. For instance, the fact that a lot of organizations have adopted the work from home arrangement means that fewer people will have work-related migration. It is uncertain how long the work from home arrangement will last thus, uncertain how long the reduction in work-related migration will last. The same applies to all other coronavirus-related patterns.


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4 Ways to Help Your Kids Get Used to Their New Home | Hercules Movers, Inc | NJ Movers

Not only can moving to a new home be stressful for you, but it can also be tough on the children.  If you’ve moved beyond your neighborhood, out of town or across the country, your kids may have left their friends behind, are in a new environment, and likely will be starting at a new school in the coming days.  Making new friends and leaving the old ones behind can be a bit stressful for a child. They’re essentially alone in a new environment at school for the first time all over again!  Here are a few ways you can make it easier on your child or children 

Keep Your Kids In The Loop

From the time you get ready to make the decision to move, keep your kids involved. They can actually be a big help if they are made part of the process.  Meaning, letting them know where you are moving to, some of the positive points and highlights, getting them to help you pack, unpack, etc. pack their toys in “their boxes” so that they can unpack them themselves, keeping them occupied so you can put your dishes in the cupboard for the first time without distraction.  This way they play a vital role in their minds to moving into the new home, helping to make it their own.

Make it a Special Family Growth Opportunity

Kids respond to the news of a move different from one another.  This is just a fact.  Some will be excited for your move south (if let’s say you’re moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, Georgia, or Florida, as many of our clients have done), and some will be more resistant to a move out of the neighborhood leaving friends behind.   It will be your job to get your children pumped up about your move to your new home, creating excitement for the new adventure they’re going on.  

One way to create some excitement, depending on their age, is to let them pick the color of their new room, or pick out that racecar or dollhouse bed for their new room.  This could ease their mind and distract them from the thought of leaving their best friend in first grade behind.

Maybe you’ve been thinking about a pet, such as a kitten, and think the new home is the right place, and the distraction may be the right time to do so for your child.  Or, maybe you’re moving to a new home with a pool, which is sure to get your kids excited for summer fun.

Make it a Game

If your children are old enough, you may have had them memorize your home address.  They’re getting a new one, so you may want to turn the memorization of the new address into a game with treats and prizes to get them interested in learning their new address… 

Tour the New Area (A Couple of Times)

It’s likely you moved to a new neighborhood in a new town.  Very rarely does someone move two doors down from their old home, unless you’re moving from a smaller apartment to a larger one in the same building?  If you’ve moved to a new town or a new neighborhood, it’s likely that your children are a bit overwhelmed with the simple things, like getting off the school bus at the right home. Make it a point to find out what the route is their school bus will be using, and drive that route to and from school a couple of times.  This will familiarize both you and them with their route so they are more comfortable on their first day at the new school.  It will be rough enough on them getting on a school bus with a bunch of kids they don’t know.  

Take them to the closest playground or park.  Show them something they can look forward to in a semi-familiar environment.  Every kid likes a playground if they’re of that age group.

Ask them to pay close attention when you are touring the area, and try to have them navigate you from place to place or on the route home.

If you are expanding, downsizing, looking to declutter your office, etc. feel free to reach out to Hercules Movers, Inc. and ask us about our storage space for your items.   We’ll even move them to our facility for you.  You can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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Make Your Next Move More Sustainable | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Green, eco-friendly, low carbon, renewable.  All of these are terms for what our society believes businesses should be, more ‘sustainable.’  What is the definition of sustainable and how can we have an eco-friendlier move and lower our carbon footprint just a little bit?

Eliminate the Need to Purchase Moving Boxes

What?  Don’t buy moving boxes?  That’s right.  Did you know that a lot of people give away moving boxes or sell them when they are done using them?  You can go to Craigslist, Freecycle, Facebook Marketplace, or Offer Up to find those giving away moving boxes, selling them, or selling plastic storage bins (my personal favorite) inexpensively, and recycle them for your own use.

By recycling cardboard moving boxes, you are keeping them from hitting someone’s garbage or recycling bin and losing their ability to be used over again.  If you have a green thumb, save the cardboard boxes (if you don’t want to pay it forward again), and use them at the end of the summer season in your garden.  Pull some soil off the top of your garden, cut the boxes into single layers and put the soil back on top.  The paper in the cardboard will decompose and rejuvenate the soil, giving you richer soil to plant in the spring.  Your boxes helped you create a food source.  What’s more renewable and greener than that!?!?  Just be sure to pull off any plastic tape and dispose of it appropriately so that it does not become part of your garden…

By buying used plastic bins, you’re clearly saving the world from the energy of recycling and putting them to good use.  Don’t throw them out, however, pay it forward and give them away or resell them again so that someone else gets good use from them.  The plastic, as we all know takes forever (literally) to decompose, if it ever does at all…

Recycle at Home

Recycle Moving Boxes and Newspaper | Hercules Movers, Inc. | NJ Movers

Bear with us for a moment.  Let’s assume you bought a home with a wood fireplace or wood stove. You may have a ton of newspaper used in packing and your cardboard boxes from your move.  Did you know that you could process the paper into a log, and use it in your fireplace?  This device will allow you to compress paper into a log brick that you can use to heat your home…

To recycle your paper and boxes, follow the below directions:

  1. Using one of your plastic storage bins, you tear up the waste paper like an old newspaper, journals, and cardboard boxes into pieces and soak them in water overnight in your plastic bin or a 5-gallon bucket from Lowes or Home Depot.
  2. Put the soaking paper in the briquette maker basket and squeeze out excess water.
  3. Move it to a dry place and wait for it to become dry paper brick then you can use it as stove fuel.

It’s literally that simple…

Donate, Donate, Donate

The last way you can stay green in your attempt to move is to donate unwanted clothes, small appliances, etc. to the appropriate organizations such as Goodwill. We all have clothes, shoes, and other stuff we’ve barely used that can be of service of someone else who needs it.  By donating to Goodwill, the Red Cross or some other deserving organization, we can ensure that the items will go to those who consume them based on their needs.  To us, this is the ultimate in recycling and doing good by those who would best be served by the items you might normally just put in storage or in the back of your new closet.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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The Risks of a Do It Yourself Move | Hercules Movers | NJ Movers

It doesn’t matter if you are moving across town, to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, or Florida, you always have the option of doing it yourself.  It’s tempting.  Trust us.  It’s our business to know.  I mean, it seems reasonable to want to try and save a few dollars because moving can be an expensive venture, especially if you just bought your first home…

Two things we here often when those that are moving look to save a few dollars are:

  • Save time
  • Save money

But, does renting a truck, enlisting help (if you have it), and doing it yourself really help you bypass saving money and time?  After all, they say time “is” money, and if you have to take time out of your workday or the weekend to move what did you really save?  You just traded your downtime for hours of back-breaking labor for yourself.  If you’ve been thinking about a do it yourself move, you should look at the workload, the time, the effort of those helping you, etc. Other factors in your move are:

The Safety of Your “Stuff”

Ask yourself this question, “Do you trust yourself, and your friends to handle, carry, stack, unstack, handle, and carry again, all your electronics, breakables, and other items without breakage?”  One of the biggest risks in a do it yourself move is the damage of your own goods.  A fully bonded and insured moving company is insured to move your belongings.  By choosing a company such as Hercules Movers, you get professional movers that perform these jobs up to 1,000 times a year, you get a fully insured service in the event of a mishap.

 

What is it going to cost you if that 65-inch flat-screen falls off of the top of your stuff in your own Do It Yourself move?  The trip to Costco or wherever you may have purchased it, to purchase the latest model for $1,000+ dollars over what you just paid to move.  You could have hired the moving company for the rental and the cost of the television…

Which Brings us to Experienced Movers…

If you’ve ever moved an entire home before, or even hired movers to move an entire home you should be aware of a few things:

  1. Driving a large rental van or moving truck around town with all your stuff can be HARD. If you are not used to maneuvering a large vehicle you are going to have to be EXTRA careful you don’t damage the truck or another vehicle.  What would this cost you financially?  Think on that for a moment or two.  An experienced driver has no issue backing up a large vehicle or getting around tighter corners.
  2. As mentioned earlier, do you want to leave your curved 65” 4K QLED television to just anyone? If you are going to spend all the extra time trying to figure out how to pack all your stuff, safely, just remember time is money, and broken possessions are more money…  If you accidentally pack your dinner plates on the bottom of 350 pounds of other items, you may have an issue, wrapped in bubble wrap or not…  Why not leave it to an experienced team?

The Right Gear for the Job

If you’ve not done it all before, and know what you need, meaning, moving blankets, rope, extra boxes, ramps, dollies, and more, you may want to leave it to a moving company. Nothing is worse than having to stop a move, because you have to run to the big box hardware store and buy a dolly because you forgot to rent a couple of extra ones for the move… Time and money… Time and money… What is it worth to you?  You may not want to nickel and dime yourself by having to go buy extra gear, bubble wrap, moving blankets, etc. just because you miscalculated… A professional moving company can get this right the first time for you.

Lest We Mention Stress

We would be remiss if we did not indicate the number one reason, we think Do It Yourself moves should be avoided at all costs.  It’s not enough you have to start packing and disrupting your normal routine with your family at least a month ahead of time.  You’ll be putting things in boxes “hoping” you don’t need them over the course of and prior to your move.  You still have to work, you still have a normal family routine, etc. Now add in the time daunting task of packing and stacking boxes out of the way until moving day.

You may want to think about using a professional moving company at that point… A moving company can take the stress of scheduling the rental truck, picking it up, hoping your buddies can make it to help you with your move, etc. A professional moving company will bring the team with them to move you right the first time and protect your belongings correctly.  With Hercules Movers, you can expect the most professional of commitment to your move from a very reputable organization that’s been moving New Jersians for years.

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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4 Key Hacks to Make Finding and Purchasing a New Home Stress Free | Hercules Movers Inc | NJ Movers

Buying or renting your first home can be a very exciting and harried experience.  You get on Zillow, Trulia, Realtor.com, etc, and start looking for the perfect place for you to live with the right price point whether you are renting or buying…  You look for the right neighborhood, the right school system, you may be looking at mortgage rates, you start thinking about packing and trips to the Home Depot or Lowes for moving boxes.  You may be thinking about putting some items in self-storage.  What do you get rid of and what do you keep…? It can get a bit overwhelming.

Below are several tips you can use to help streamline the process of finding your dream home, condo, townhome, or apartment!

Define What You Want in Your New Home

What are you looking for, specifically?  What you will find is that no one place may be perfect, however, you may get everything you are looking for just not the way you initially visualized it.  Meaning, you may get all the bedrooms and baths you are looking for but they may be slightly smaller to fit your budget.  You may be slightly further away from your workplace you want to be but get the perfect home on the perfect budget.  Additionally, you’ll need a finite minimum number of bedrooms for the number of occupants for space.  If you have two boys and two girls you may be able to get away with a three-bedroom home, with the children sharing a room.  However, most people today want their children to have their own bedrooms… Not to mention, most people want their home to be in a school district with a good educational rating.

It should be noted, also that you should cap your purchase price, the payment you are willing to make, and/or rental payment so you do not go outside a budget that makes you “house poor” as they call it.  Experts have often said that you should not let your mortgage, insurance, taxes, etc. that make up your payment exceed 25% of your monthly household income… This is just a guideline, however… So, before you jump on the real estate sites, you might want to make a list of your criteria, and your monthly budget, as this will dictate what you want or can afford during your search to keep your expectations in check.

Get Pre-Approved…  It’s Essential to the Process.

It goes without saying, that Realtors want to work with qualified buyers.  Being “qualified” in the early stages of the home buying process means you have a mortgage preapproval from your bank, mortgage lender, or credit union.  That is unless you have enough cash to purchase your home outright, and most people today do not so they buy into the mortgage payment process with a qualified lender.

You can easily get pre-approved today for a mortgage by going to any online mortgage company such as Rocket Mortgage, Quicken Home Loans, Wells Fargo, Etc… They say that you should get three pre-approvals.  One from your local bank or credit union, one from a big bank, and one from a mortgage service.  Depending on your negotiation skills you can negotiate the rate a bit if you need to…

Getting pre-approved will dramatically make your life easier for you when you finally engage a realtor in your home search, and purchase.  Just make sure you start also preparing for the onslaught of financial paperwork requests for pay stubs, tax returns, credit card statements, etc. By having this information pulled and ready to go, you will make your life much easier.

Get Your Buyer’s Real Estate Agent

People have mixed views of Realtors… Some are more helpful than others.  Some expect you to know the exact property you want already, expect to show it to you in person, and expect you to get right to the paperwork.  Some are more ambitious than others, and others simply want to show you the properties you forward them from the real estate websites.  Don’t let any-one agent push you in one direction or another, and sadly you will likely have to take charge of your search yourself.  I’m not saying Realtors are lazy, just that some are more ambitious than others.

Behind the scenes, realtors do manage processes for you.  They have access to MLS data you may not have, may live in the market you are looking and can have invaluable off-line information and data for you, and their organization will be instrumental in coordinating the closing meeting so that you may take ownership of your new property and home.

A good Real Estate Agent can help you streamline the process and ensure you get the options you are looking for in the shortest time possible.

Focus on Home Features Not What’s in It….

There is no doubt a well-staged home attracts potential buyers to the properties you may be looking at purchasing.  A well-staged home makes an empty house look beautiful…  Remember one thing… It’s not your furniture.  The furniture is there to make the space look attractive.  While you want to visualize yourself in the home enjoying time with your family in front of the fireplace, you need to focus on the home’s condition and structural integrity…  You need to spend time in the basement, stick your head in the attic, etc.  You need to get a feel for what might need to be replaced or repaired.  These are all costs above and beyond the purchase price of your potential home.

A good inspector will point out issues you did not see or the current owner did not know existed, or dare we say was trying to hide from you the potential buyer to make their home look like a more attractive purchase.

Conclusion

There’s much more to buying a home, but these four tips will help you make the right decision for you and your family.  Don’t rush into anything, take your time, and weigh your options…

When you’re ready for your big move within New Jersey, to Pennsylvania, or another state such as North Carolina or Florida, you can contact us at 732-324-2500 or fill out our form here: https://www.herculesmoversinc.com, and we will provide you with a no-obligation competitive quotation.


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People move for different reasons. It could be for a better school district, a new job, a better home, or even a divorce. Moving is a very stressful event in the life of an individual. There is no one cause for the stress of moving. It is simply the hosts of seemingly little things like budgeting, packing, and unpacking that add up to make moving very stressful. Research has shown that moving is among the three most stressful things that an individual can experience. The stress of moving affects you not just physically because of all the carrying you have to do, but also psychologically and financially. Moving affects adults on different levels. How many more children?

Moving is tough on children just as it is for adults. Regardless of the fact that they do not bear the financial responsibility that comes with moving, it is difficult for them especially because they do not feel in control of the situation. When the reason for the move is a negative one like a divorce or a bad financial situation, the chances of the move affecting the child are even higher. To ensure that your children are ready for a move, you will need to prepare them.

How To Prepare Your Children for a Move

It is very important in the process of moving for you to prepare your children for it. Preparing them makes them ready psychologically and physically for the move. This makes the whole process of packing and unpacking easier and faster for you and your children. A few tips have been put together to guide you in preparing your children.

  1. Break the news to them as early as possible

The earlier you tell your children about the move, the better. This gives them time to process the information. It also makes them feel involved in the decision making process. This reduces the feeling of not being in control that children tend to feel during a move. If you have not started house hunting, you can involve them in the process of house hunting. Telling your children about the move early gives them time to prepare psychologically which reduces the stress for them.

  1. Remind them at regular intervals of the move

It is necessary when your children are young to remind them regularly. You will need to be creative and find fun ways to remind them regularly so they do not forget and the moving does not come as a shock to them.

  1. Keep your children involved in the moving process

When your children are involved in the process of moving, everything will go much more smoothly. You can give them a date to start packing and tell them the date for the move if it is set. If your children are older, you can supply them with the things they need to pack and let them pack with little or no supervision. This will help make them feel responsible and in control. If they are younger, pack with them and have fun discussions about the new home and their new room while packing. During the process, let them make as many decisions as possible from the things to move with to the color of their new room.

  1. Respect their grief and get counseling if necessary

Understand that your children will be grieving the loss of their home, friends, and all other familiar things. Research has shown that moving affects children’s psychological state and even their health. You can get a counselor to help them with their emotions. Let them work through different stages of grief, anger, denial, depression, anxiety, and acceptance. Getting professional help before your children get into crisis mode is very important.

  1. Connect with the new home and area in advance

If you can afford the time, plan a tour of your new area with your children before the actual moving day. Check out the area, their new school, and fun spots around. Connecting with the people and environment in advance can help build positive anticipation for the new home.

  1. Plan visits to the town you are leaving

Plan visits to your old home before leaving. Ensure that this visit is within the first few months of your move. This will give your children something to look forward to. Taking a glimpse into the past is a good way to keep moving forward, even for children.

  1. Radiate positivity and excitement about the move

It is an established fact that moving is stressful. As a parent moving with children, you cannot let your stress and anxiety show. Children look to their parents for guidance even emotionally. So, if you are upset and stressed about moving, there is a high probability that your children will be stressed and upset about moving too. You are leading them by example. Think positive and act excited about the move. This is the energy your children will pick up. They will begin to radiate positivity and excitement when they sense it from you.

  1. Throw a moving away party for them

This is an amazing way to create beautiful lasting memories for you and your children. You can have your children plan some part of the event and of course, let them invite their friends. Take pictures for a special album and have a scrapbook where their friends can write special messages for them. You should have an address book to take down the contact information from friends.

  1. Decorate the new home to seem familiar

You can do this by putting familiar decorations in similar spots in your new home. You can also add their special toys to their room so it still feels like home to them.

  1. Plan new experiences in your new town

Search your new town for the fun spots and start planning to visit with your children when you move. Going to these fun spots will help your children settle in and even help them make new friends.

Conclusion

Moving will affect each child uniquely. Whatever the case is, study your children and know what will make the move easier for them individually and collectively.


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